Suzanne Partridge5 - 31 January, Main Bar
Paradoxically, chaos is the one stable constant of Suzanne Partridge's work. Within the often unnerving whorls of disjointed and deconstructed images, there is flux and conflict; death and rebirth vie for space in landscapes of macabre beauty - the million little deaths and new beginnings of a decadent consumer society and the teeming frail billions trapped within it.
Whatever the subject, the contingent nature of an ever-changing world is at the heart of Partridge's assessment of it; it is a violent collision between the individual and the ineluctable unseen forces of the wider world that compels her - and our - attention. Everything is malleable, unstable, and subject to rapid and painful transformation on a personal, political, or cosmic level; a Partridge picture can capture the experience of hearing a news broadcast about a terrorist atrocity or seeing a pan boiling over, and show us that both are - on some level - the same thing.
However unsettling her message is, though, its bleakness is never quite outweighed by the inspiration gained from realising that there are still people in the world who can address these ugly truths so unflinchingly and without compromise.
words: Silver Fox
LINDSAY MCDONAGH7 January - 24 February, The Snug
Lindsay McDonagh presents a collection of original watercolour
paintings, the theme of which centres around a selection of animal
studies. Lindsay successfully captures the translucent quality of the
paint and also the colour, texture and form of animals she depicts to
Lindsay McDonagh has trained in diverse areas
of art and design. After taking Art Foundation Studies at the University
of Central England Birmingham, Lindsay went on to achieve a BA (Hons)
in Interior Architecture at Nottingham Trent University. Following her
graduation in 2005 she gained a Master of Arts from Kingston University,
As a member of the 'Drawn in Bristol' collective,
Lindsay works out of her art studio in Hamilton House located in Stokes
Croft. She has exhibited artwork at various venues around Bristol, Bath
and Devon, including The Royal West of England Academy of Arts autumn
open exhibition. Lindsay has recently had her design work published by
an American greeting cards company, Calypso Cards.
Break a Lead presents...5 - 28 February, Main Bar
Not all those who wander are lost...
An exhibition of brand new work from Bristol UWE illustration students.
Opening night: 5 February, from 8pm
with live music, DJs and illustration pop-up shop
Kerry Day25 February - 21 April, The Snug
Kerry enjoys the process of celebrating form through mixed media; building up a body of bright and bold work using the reduction linocut method, screen printing and painting.
Her figurative works celebrate the human form, the line and shape of a limb, the curve of the back, and in particular the interplay of light and shade. Drawing and painting are still an important part of Kerry’s practice, but printmaking holds a fascination for her.
“I can lose myself in the intensity and precision of the linocut process and the recognition that the piece is not finished until I cut that final line. I find screen printing offers a livelier, painterly feel, and, though time consuming; the methodical layering of colour and tone is immensely enjoyable.”
Recently she finds herself moving on from people to plants. Inspiration has come from the many cacti and plants she shares her home and studio with – the strong profiles of her spiky friends and the marvellously named Elephant Ear plant. Like many artists before her, she is fascinated by the shapes and contours of leaves, and the joy of discovering new patterns within the vibrant green foliage.
Neill Fuller2 - 28 March, Main Bar
Neill Fuller’s still life paintings, utilise a cast of objects that have both an autobiographical and collective resonance.
They examine an object’s ability or attempts to successfully and unsuccessfully represent or ape something from the real world, seeking-out both the mass-produced and the handmade, the unsophisticated and the seemingly faithful replica.
In some works, disparate objects are brought together like props to construct new, ‘jerry-built’ versions of other objects or spaces – a pinball machine, a temple, a jetty.
Although conservatively still life in conception and resolutely studio-based, the choice of subject matter and neutral stage-like setting allows allusion to external spaces where other illusory, fictional or escapist experiences occur – the fairground, the playground, the world of the scaled down model.
Liane Stevenson30 March - 2 May, Main Bar
Inspired by the rhythms and patterns in the urban landscape the paintings of Liane Stevenson aim to represent an individual sense of place, explored through line and texture.
A clear love of our surrounding landscape shines through in her textural artworks, as well as her knowledge of the use of media to represent them.
Sean Milne22 April - 2 June, The Snug
A professional artist and illustrator specialising in natural
history, Sean works predominantly in watercolour. He is inspired by the
nature surrounding the studio which he built in the Welsh Cambrian
Mountains 35 years ago.
Sean's most recent work contrasts the beauty of birds and insects
with the rustic surrounds of aging, isolated farm buildings. His pieces
explore the way in which nature moves in to reclaim forgotten buildings
and make them her own again, using her own building materials of mosses,
fern and lichen, providing new habitats for wildlife.
Sean studied at Hornsey College of Art, London and has lived and
worked in rural Mid Wales for over 35 years. His career as a wildlife
artist and natural history illustrator spans over forty years.
Southbank Bristol Arts Trail 20154 - 31 May, Main Bar
‘One of the oldest, biggest and best Art Trails that have sprung up around town’ Bristol Post 2014
We are a trail venue for this year's Southbank Bristol Arts Trail, held on weekend 17 & 18 May.
We've space for a number of local artists who are registered with the trail to exhibit before, during and after the weekend for the month of May.
If you're in need of a venue, then email firstname.lastname@example.org for details about our space, once you've registered.
Dave Bain & Laura Wady30 October - 29 December, The Snug
Drawing on memories of the games, costumes and limitless imagination
of childhood, Bristol artists Dave Bain and Laura Wady come together to
present a unique exhibition of magical and bewitching paintings.
Each character started life with one artist and was completed by the
other, resulting in a truly collaborative project that is full of
unexpected moments and playful freedom.
The intimate setting of Tobacco Factory’s recently revamped
side-room ‘The Snug’ provides the perfect back-drop to what is an
intriguing set of images, full of detail and mystery, with story-like
details that will surprise and shock.
Each artwork is for sale and there is a limited edition print run available too.
View / Dave Bain
View / Laura Wady
CATHERINE CHAMBERS3 - 30 November, Main Bar
Catherine principally focuses on intricate pencil drawings based on subjects reflecting peoples' activities and existence.
In this exhibition Catherine explores belonging and belongings. We
are surrounded by possessions: our own, those of others, those shared.
Possession imparts uniqueness to what may otherwise be commonplace.
Ownership and use leads to gradual change. Wear and tear, damage, repair
and alteration develop identity and reflect a history. Aura may
pervade: qualities of perhaps known users, locations and times past can
draw the observer to a special closeness and reflectiveness.
LOCH NESS & FRIENDS present PSYCHEDELIA3 October - 2 November, Main Bar
Fall down the monster rabbit hole into a dream like dimension where
anything is possible and colour has no boundaries. His army of
psychedelic characters playfully disorientate you to a place that oozes a
twisted harmony and Zen. Influenced heavily by music of a rock era gone
by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin & The Rolling Stones.
Taking the viewer on a trippy ride of banjo playing, guitar strumming,
monster drumming feel good absurdity.
Loch Ness unveils new solo work and original collaborations with
Cheba, Dave Bain, Jonathan Ball, Lauren YS, Mr Penfold, Muxxi, Oli
Timmins, Oliver Hibert, Paul Monsters, Seb Niark, Sepr & 3Dom,
Spzero76 & Bill Giles and Steven Silverwood.
Katy Christianson10 September - 29 October, The Snug
Our first exhibition in The Snug, our newly revamped room, off our Main Bar.
Katy is an illustrator living and working in Bristol. She produces
mostly black and white, very detailed images, and is inspired by
mountains, crowded cities and the night sky.
She loves to work just with a rotring pen and some blank paper and
nothing else, but is beginning to experiment with colour and is devoted
to screen printing.
George Mckenna1 - 28 Sept, Main Bar
An artist driven by colour and light, George McKenna presents a
collection of paintings on the theme of reflection. There is a clear
passion for the process of painting that runs through his artwork, with
bold brush strokes applied impasto, with a sculptural energy. Each
canvas evolves under McKenna’s keen skills as an observational artist,
particularly with this series of searching work, as he discovers the
patterns and trends of the reflected world.
Not one to get caught up in complexity, McKenna’s work is a glorious
and unrestrained simplification of nature, paired down to the
essential. Evoking the strength and beauty of nature, in all its
vibrancy and colour, each artwork is a wonder in its own right.
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